Teaching and Learning

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Teaching and Learning at Wilmslow High

Teaching at Wilmslow High School

An important element of our School Improvement Plan is our commitment to being a Professional Learning School. For this reason, commitment to high quality professional learning is central to what we do.

All teachers teach within a shared understanding of ‘How we teach’ at Wilmslow, which emphasises:

  • High expectations of all students
  • Learning happening when students think hard
  • The importance of effort
  • The role of personal bests
  • Lesson routines

We also reflect on our professional practice through a range of activities including:

  • Developing Subject Expertise Groups that allow us to remain abreast of current subject-specialist thinking
  • Craft of the Classroom meetings and briefings that allow us to continue to develop our classroom pedagogy
  • Professional Learning Groups that allow us to engage with research evidence
  • Iterative Observation and Feedback which allows us to improve our individual practice
  • Team Review which allows us to improve our team practice
  • Engagement with Whole Education which allows us to improve our school practice working with other schools also committed to a Whole Education for their young people

The strength of our professional learning programme was referred to in our 2019 Ofsted report which commented on the “strong” leadership of teaching and the “wide-ranging” opportunities for teachers to develop their skills.

Learning at Wilmslow High School

We believe that learning happens when students think hard.

We share with our students and parents how effective learning occurs and more information can be found in the presentation at this link

The following principles underlie our thinking about effective learning:

  • We believe that intelligence and academic and other abilities are not fixed but can be developed with the right input and deliberate, well-focused, practice. (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiiEeMN7vbQ)
  • We wish to pursue Personal Bests; seeking always to better the best that we have already achieved and not judging our own achievements exclusively by how we compare to others.  For more information see https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=b–ROKUAAAAJ&hl=th 
  • We believe that learning is fundamentally composed of knowledge and skills stored in our long-term memory, and that these memories can only be created by thinking carefully about the subject matter to be learned. For more information see http://www.danielwillingham.com/articles.html.  The vital consequence of this is that all of our students are expected to be intellectually engaged in their learning and should not expect to be spoon-fed by their teachers or anyone else.
  • We believe that the accumulation in our brains of easily retrievable factual knowledge is vital in developing mastery of any academic area.